Careers are dicey things, aren’t they?
I mean, first off, they are your source of survival. So of course it’s stressful if you contemplate a change or think about stepping off the beaten path.
Then, for many of us, they are also a key foundation of our self-worth. It’s where we derive confidence, satisfaction, and a big chunk of fulfillment.
Or, it’s where we feel beaten down, mediocre, trapped, or just plan tapped out.
Long story short, it’s easy to overthink, be overanxious, or just do nothing (so as not to rock the boat).
But let’s talk about that
Have you ever felt 100% lost in your career?
Or just like you really REALLY need help?
I have *totally* been there.
And it’s absolutely no fun.
So how do you get out of that rut and into some long overdue clarity on your next career step (or just if you are going to even update your resume or not?).
Here’s how to make progress: Step 1 – Get some help
Not to be all “You need some help” but you NEED some help!
The first rule of career fight club is admitting that you can’t go it alone.
So, I unexpectedly turned officially older recently.
I say unexpectedly because in my mind, I’m always about 24.
(I know, feel free to laugh!).
IF you are going blind, AND the room is candle-lit, AND I’m at least 10 feet away from you…then maybe I could be 24? 🙂
Anyway, each year on my birthday I reflect back on what I’ve learned in the last year, and how I can take those lessons forward.
You can see last year’s post
I share these thoughts and lessons to inspire you to make changes in your career, because I know
Have you ever been in a situation where you find yourself feeling miserable at work?
Maybe it’s punch-in-the-gut miserable.
Or maybe it’s just a quiet, constant drain that leeches at your energy.
Either way, it’s no fun!
Feeling bad impacts your confidence, your motivation, and your overall sense of self-worth.
We were talking about confidence and feeling downtrodden at work on one of my recent
Career Happiness Revolution Webinars, and I said this to one of my students: “Maybe this job just isn’t a fit, and that’s okay.”
She said it was a lightbulb moment for her.
Sometimes we are put
I’ve been in a reflective mood recently.
My team and I have been welcoming a lot of awesome new folks into the Revolutionary Club and Career Happiness Community over the last few weeks.
Many of these people are just at the very beginning of the career transition journey.
And that journey is…well….a lot.
I remember when I was first starting out, thinking “How am I even going TO DO THIS???”
“Where the HECK DO I START??#$@@!!”
Often that was followed by falling semi-dramatically onto my couch while reaching for a bag of nachos.
We each have
You sit at your desk, unhappy and tired.
You keep thinking to yourself: “I need to find something different. I need to find my passion.”
But then your brain skitters to a halt because you have NO IDEA where to begin.
It feels so overwhelming. So, you stop thinking about it.
And you are back to where you started…unhappy, tired, and totally stuck.
Any of this sound familiar?
I used to be in your shoes.
When I was trapped in my fancy-pants consulting job (I know, tiniest violin!), I keep wanting to
Did you wake up with a Career Hangover on January 3rd?
Full of carbs and an extra glass of *something* – you blearily open your eyes to another new year of UGH, this same job.
Sure, you made a resolution to get a new job this year, but in the cold light of day you are already faltering.
The holiday fun is over, and Memorial Day and the summer holidays feel like they are eons away.
In the meantime you are left wondering – what are you going to do NOW?
This is why the first week of
Tis the season!
I know you have a ton of gifts to buy, errands to run, and cookies to eat (is that last one just me?).
But what if – instead of spending alllll of your money on gifts for other people – you gave your career a little gift as well?
Because after all, isn’t your career the thing that provides a lot of your confidence, self-worth, energy (or energy-drain) – so it’s worth spending a little time or money on?
But don’t fret! I have ideas to help you no matter WHERE you are right now
You’re standing there, glass of holiday beverage clutched in one hand.
The other hand has a plate of something cheese-related.
You keep your eyes down, desperately hoping to avoid more painful small talk, wondering when you can leave…
Have you ever had a holiday party experience like the above?
I think, no matter how much you love or hate holiday parties, there usually comes a time where you are ready to exit stage left…IMMEDIATELY IF NOT SOONER.
But did you know that holiday parties are one of the best ways to improve your career on the planet?
Have you ever felt indecisive about your career?
Maybe you’ve been feeling guilty for wanting something new or challenging. But what?
Or maybe you’ve been feeling stressed about how much you hate your job (but indecisive about your next step).
Or maybe your know your next step but you just can’t make a decision on when or how to change. Seriously, how do you make a decision?
I get it.
And frankly, it sucks. Because you aren’t making a decision, you feel guilty – why aren’t you making progress? And because you feel guilty, you get weighed down…and procrastinate